Liz Countryman

 

ABOVE THE NEWSPAPER POEM  

Newspaper

bent

is brutal

 

in sun

how its messages

reach limited

 

ends

like skin

a function

 

without

a secret

it tries

 

to make

national

hurt

 

objective

hand held

paper

 

in sun

minutely furred

a sore.

 

Liz Countryman is Writer in Residence at the University of South Carolina. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Boston Review, Columbia Poetry Review, HandsomeHayden’s FerryForklift, Ohio, and elsewhere. She is co-founding editor of Oversound, a new poetry journal.